Indore: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has uploaded a new circular quoting the new grading scheme for classes X and XII.  The Board will put all passed students in a rank order and will award grades. Observers say that grading system is unlikely to benefit students. Free Press talked to educators to know their views.

It will downgrade excellence

“Gradation system will be more relevant for non-competitive students. Marks and grades should be mentioned in mark sheets to distinguish within the same grade. Showing grades only will be unfair for high achievers. This system is going to further deteriorate academic excellence.

Gradation is an acceptable system in non-academic areas and co-scholastic areas. If gradation is so significant then why most students with 10 CGPA in class X find difficult to cope in class XI especially in PCM subjects? Looking at good grade in class XII, technical institutes and engineering universities IITs, NITs and IIITs can give direct admission. But they do not do it. They conduct entrance examinations like JEE because our school education system is losing quality assessment.”

Grading not practical

“Grading is not a bad system but it is not accepted by all the boards in the country and does not benefit students. Students cannot weigh their marks. CBSE seems to be struggling with marking system for a couple of years now and it is psychologically stressing students. Grading system is not practical.

CBSE needs to be clear whether it is promoting or killing competitive spirit. If our students are accustomed to grading system and make moderate efforts for good grades, then they are unable to get through entrance examinations and get into good universities. Universities don’t accept grades. CBSE should give marks as well as grades.”

Focus on what child knows

“Grading is not helpful. It is stressing students to achieve a certain grade and fit in a certain class, which is worse than marks. There is need to emphasise on de-stressing students to unleash their talent, understanding and creativity. This grading system is more a class creation and division. Marks do not determine intelligence of a student.

The board should encourage skill development rather than focusing on three-hour examination in a year. How is it fair to judge a student based on one test, where he/she is asked to learn 35 chapters in a day? We need behavioural based assessments. We need to develop an education system based on applicability of education. We need to concentrate on what a child knows not on what he/she does not know. There is a huge difference in both the patterns of education.”

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